In this March 9, 2017 file photo, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during an anti-imperialist rally in Caracas, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)
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Seeking to cool protests and international outrage, Venezuela's socialist president said on Saturday the Supreme Court would review its move to annul the opposition-led congress, which critics decried as a lurch towards dictatorship.While Maduro, 54, sought to cast the move as the achievement of a statesman resolving a power conflict, his foes said it was a row-back by an unpopular government that overplayed its hand."You can't pretend to just normalize the nation after carrying out a 'coup'," Julio Borges, leader of the National Assembly legislature, said. He publicly tore up the court rulings this week and refused to attend the security committee, which includes the heads of major institutions.Some criticism even came from within government, with Venezuela's attorney general Luisa Ortega rebuking the court in an extremely rare show of dissent from a senior official.The wording about taking over Assembly functions came in a ruling allowing Maduro to create joint oil ventures without congress' approval.The government, though, was probably also seeking to further disempower the opposition as it made headroads turning international opinion against Maduro.
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